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The Proper Way to Sleep When You Have Extensions In

Ashy blonde. Dark Brunette. Pin straight. Wavy. Extra long. Very short. European. Remy. K-tip. Beaded. Taped–Extensions come with an infinite number of choices. No matter what type you pick, one thing is for certain: you need to learn how to sleep with extensions without causing damage or breakage. We enlisted two pros to give us their expert scoop on how to treat your new hair when you are catching zzz’s.

Violet Teriti of Chaviv Hair has worked with a who’s who of Hollywood. Her celebrity clients like J.Lo, Kim K and Kylie all have different extension needs but her advise for sleeping with extensions is always the same. She asks clients to consider a silk pillowcase. It’s no surprise dermatologists and plastic surgeons give out the same advice as silk helps reduce friction and tugging. This type of pillowcase also resists pulling on your hair cuticles, preserving hairstyle and volume.  Her second tip involves a cult favorite, a Sheila Stotts brush.

Sheila Stotts brush

(via Sheila Stotts)

Hair pros swear by this brush because the metal bristles detangle without catching extension attachments. As a bonus, this brush can be used in the shower because of the drainage hole that was included in the design. Violet’s final tip is to braid your hair before you put your head on your pillow. This will give you natural waves upon waking up and will also guarantee no unnecessary tugging happens to individual extensions while you toss and turn.

Our second pro, Deb Monti, asks that you never go to bed with wet extensions.  She’s learned that damp or wet hair extensions promote tangles. If you are a restless sleeper, you can even cause scary matting. If you are opting to go to bed with a wet mane as a time-saving trick, she assures you it will backfire.  The time you will have to spend untangling in the morning won’t make this trick worth it.

Similarly to Violet, Deb also advocates for wearing a loose braid or low pony to bed. She firmly believes that a low ponytail or braid will prevent any over-direction of the extension attachments. This is especially important during the first weeks when the extensions are tight. If you are a side sleeper, Deb has a great hack. “Wear your ponytail to the opposite side in which you sleep,” she beings. “Make sure to use a soft hair tie to avoid breakage, tension or snagging.”

Although Deb also suggests a special pillowcase, she takes her silk suggestion one step further. She encourages extension wearers to tie a silk scarf around their head to hold extensions in place. The less movement your extensions experience while you sleep, the more comfortable your sleep will be.

There you have it folks, the best tips for comfortably sleeping with extensions directly from the pros.

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